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Alleged victim tells court of abuse by five different paedophiles in youth — An elderly Dublin man has gone on trial accused of sexually abusing a boy and paying him money in a flat over thirty years ago. The alleged victim told a jury today that he was abused by five different paedophiles during his youth, including the accused. The accused man (73) has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to indecently assaulting the male, who was aged between 11 and 13 years old, on dates from October 1983 to June 1985.

Boy Found in Basement Alleges Long-Term Abuse by Parents — When a 12-year-old Detroit boy went missing on June 14 and was found 11 days later, it should have been a day to rejoice. Instead, his discovery in the family’s basement has turned into weeks of unanswered questions, with some unsettling information about what the child’s life may have been like.

Defence taskforce finds appalling abuse — TEENAGE recruit Graham’s life was ruined on the night he was raped twice at a West Australian naval training base and he’s lived with the trauma ever since. THE appalling abuse of Graham and other junior sailors as young as 15 was all too common at HMAS Leeuwin, the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) says. Their stories could now be referred to the ongoing royal commission into child sex abuse, with many parallels to the effects of abuse by pedophile priests and others emerging from the hearings. Continue reading

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s daughter accuses her of abuse

Moira Greyland, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s daughter, recently disclosed that her mother abused her as a child. Bradley is a beloved fantasy writer, known for her feminist retelling of the King Arthur myth The Mists of Avalon. Greyland stated in an email :

The first time she molested me, I was three. The last time, I was twelve, and able to walk away.

I put Walter in jail for molesting one boy. I had tried to intervene when I was 13 by telling Mother and Lisa, and they just moved him into his own apartment.

I had been living partially on couches since I was ten years old because of the out of control drugs, orgies, and constant flow of people in and out of our family “home.”

None of this should be news. Walter was a serial rapist with many, many, many victims (I named 22 to the cops) but Marion was far, far worse. She was cruel and violent, as well as completely out of her mind sexually. I am not her only victim, nor were her only victims girls.

I wish I had better news.

I was familiar with Bradley’s work, although I never read it. I generally stay away from feminist fiction. I was not aware, however, of the long history Bradley had with sexual abuse. I did not know that her ex-husband Walter Breen was a convicted serial child rapist and a member of NAMBLA. I did not know that Bradley remained married to him despite knowing about his membership to the group. I did not know that in a 1998 deposition Bradley defended her husband’s abuse of several boys: Continue reading

New Zealand laws make it impossible to charge women with rape

Last year, I wrote about a case of a 36-year-old woman who raped an 11-year-old boy in New Zealand. She eventually became pregnant with his child. However, as a result of New Zealand law, the woman cannot be charged with rape:

Present legislation stipulates the crime of rape applies only when men force sex. In contrast, women who force an unwilling partner to have sex face charges of sexual violation. Both carry a maximum sentence of 20 years but only men can be charged with rape.

Both may carry the same sentence, but they are completely different laws. Specifically, this woman is charged with unlawful sexual connection, which states:

Person A has unlawful sexual connection with person B if person A has sexual connection with person B—

(a) without person B’s consent to the connection; and

(b) without believing on reasonable grounds that person B consents to the connection.

New Zealand law does require that a person face some imprisonment, however, that is at the court’s discretion. The court can decide that the person ought not serve time and release them due to “the particular circumstances of the person convicted” and “the particular circumstances of the offence, including the nature of the conduct constituting it.” Given New Zealand’s horrible treatment of male victims of rape and largely feminist government, it is quite likely this woman will walk for this.

What makes it particularly disturbing is how the rape came to light: Continue reading

#ViolenceIsViolence: Domestic abuse advert Mankind

The ManKind Initiative released a PSA showing people’s reaction to witnessing domestic violence. The first part shows a man berating and assaulting a woman. Most people walk by. Some stare in shock and awe. Several women eventually approach the pair and threaten to call the police if the man does not stop.

The second part shows the same pair in the same area but with the woman berating and assaulting the man. Most people walk by. Some stare in amazement. Many of them, particularly the women, laugh. No one steps in.

The PSA reveals a lot about people’s attitudes towards female-on-male domestic violence. It shows that many people find it funny. In the first part, the man only grabbed the woman’s face before people stepped in. In the second part, the woman pushed the man against a fence and all it got was laughs. She hit him and got laughs.

That attitude is what keeps abused men from coming forward.

Bulletin Board v228

After Serving 10 Years For Rapes He Didn’t Commit, Man Is Vindicated — A Brooklyn man who spent ten years in prison for rape was cleared of his conviction yesterday. Tyrone Hicks finished his ten-year sentence seven years ago, but never stopped fighting to prove his innocence. Hicks’ troubles started in 1998 when a man known as “the Bronx rapist” was terrorizing women in the area.

Ex-nun ‘denied abuse at boys’ home’ — A former nun interviewed by police investigating alleged abuse at a children’s home in Northern Ireland has said she loved the young people, a public inquiry heard. In the 1970s, the ex-nun worked at Termonbacca boy’s home in Londonderry, run by the Sisters of Nazareth religious order, and admitted witnessing sexual acts. But the woman denied causing physical or sexual harm.

FBI: 100s have contacted us on pedophile teacher as possible victims or offering information — Hundreds of people have contacted the FBI about a teacher suspected of drugging and molesting boys during a four-decade career at international schools on four continents, greatly expanding the potential number of suspected victims. The FBI said last month that William Vahey had molested at least 90 boys, whose photos were found on a memory drive stolen by his maid.

‘Judgement day has come today’: Scoutmaster accused of sexually abusing children is jailed for 12 years — A Scoutmaster who was alleged to have been part of a secret paedophile ring in the 1970s has been jailed today for 12 years. Mold Crown Court heard how Martyn Tucker, 68, of Sealand Road in Chester, knew his day of judgement would come, particularly when the Jimmy Savile scandal came out. Police finally knocked on his door last summer after one of the victims, who said Tucker stole his soul, had the courage to come forward after he realised that those prosecuted for sex offences in Wrexham children’s homes went back further than the offences committed on him when he was a boy. Continue reading

What rape apologism looks like

A Florida jury convicted Denise Harvey of five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor in 2008. The victim was a boy on her son’s baseball team. Harvey assaulted the 16-year-old boy several times at his father’s home and her office. She faces a 30-year sentence she will likely not serve.

Why? She applied for and was granted refugee status in Canada.

I will repeat that: Harvey was convicted of sexually abusing a minor. She faces 30 years in prison. To avoid the prison sentence she filed for refugee status in Canada. Canada granted her request.

One more time: Canada granted refugee status to a convicted sex offender fleeing her sentence.

Here is the explanation for this embarrassment:  Continue reading

Bulletin Board v227

10 years after Abu Ghraib, no justice for torturers, tortured — “You can’t spell abuse without Abu,” said one US Army medic to another, Sgt. Andrew Duffy, after throwing a seriously injured and handcuffed Iraqi prison to the ground, face-first, upon his arrival at Abu Ghraib. The majority of abuse at the notorious US torture prison, formerly Saddam Hussein’s notorious torture prison, wasn’t fatal. But it was even more heinous and brutal than most Americans realize, even those who have seen the photos that are now international symbols of US brutality in the War on Terror and recruiting tools for countless terrorists.

Exclusive: ‘X-Men’ Sex Abuse Lawyer Says He Was Assaulted, Too — When Jeff Herman sees a child held by their arms and legs it is, as he puts it, “an uncomfortable trigger. I have some vague memories of being very young, and there were two older girls holding me by my arms and legs, and they had cut my pants open.” The lawyer has tried to remember more, but cannot. Herman, 54, is mulling my question about whether he has been sexually abused.

Inside the mind of a paedophile — In a way he had always known. But it wasn’t until he was married with kids that Nick realised he was a paedophile. One afternoon, while his wife was out of town, Nick went to the park and watched children play basketball. Those children would never know that they had been watched so intently, would never know that the deviant observation of them would dramatically alter a man’s life. Continue reading